After playing in minor league baseball, Weaver retired without playing in Major League Baseball. He became a minor league manager, and then managed in the MLB for 17 years with the Baltimore Orioles (1968–1982; 1985–1986). Weaver's style of managing was summed up in the quote: "pitching, defense, and the three-run homer." He did not believe in placing emphasis on "small ball" tactics such as stolen bases, hit and run plays, or sacrifice bunts. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover", Brooks Robinson is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in major league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career, tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second most all-time for any player at any position. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
This Rawlings official Major League baseball was signed on the sweet spot in blue by Weaver and inscribed, "HOF 96." Though the signature is a bit faded, the side panel was signed by Brooks Robinson and inscribed, "HOF 83." This baseball includes a Great Moments COA.